Diwali gifts that do good and feel good

Last Published: Fri, Oct 13 2017. 04 58 PM IST Diwali Special: The handmade tale Thoughtful gift options for the evolved consumer—help a cause, spread the wealth Shoba Narayan Painted tea glasses with stand by Art for Akanksha (The Akanksha Foundation). Photo: The Akanksha Foundation Choosing Diwali gifts has become a task these days. When I…

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An NGO in Bangalore

To think I heard about Reap Benefit from Amy Serafin, an editor in America.  Small world 4TH EDITION WHAT IS #IMPACTJOURNALISM? ALL PROJECTS MEDIA PARTNERS NEWS IMPACT ABOUT US READ YOUR STORIES Discover the best IJD stories from all over the world SPARKNEWS – EDUCATION GO BACK TO STORIES SHARE ON FACEBOOK SHARE ON TWITTER…

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How to give

Loved writing this piece How to give (or how to clear out your closet) Give gifts, get things done. Shoba Narayan on essential barter Last night, my 84-year-old father called me at 9:45 PM. The lateness of the call told me that he was mulling over something serious. “I have reached a momentous decision,” he…

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Maternal Deaths

This appeared in Christian Science Monitor. India’s MMR statistics are shameful, something which I didn’t know. But there is a nice report called “State of the World’s Mothers” that outlines where India stands. The process is complicated because everyone has a view on how to get women into hospitals and take care of themselves. Given…

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Educating Girls

This was part of a trip with CARE USA where we visited an NGO called Udaan/Join My Village. The tour was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It was an unexpected pleasure to meet my friend, Michael Pelletier, back in India as Deputy US Consul at the reception. Thanks to this trip, I…

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CARE USA Learning tour

I went on a tour with CARE USA to look at education, public health, and maternal mortality issues. The trip included some chiefs of staff of US congressmen and women. It was fascinating to interact with them and see how the US Congress functions. It was amazing to see the work done by the several…

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In the spirit of global philanthropy

In the spirit of global philanthropy The Good Life | Shoba Narayan Well-endowed: Wealthy Indians often donate to alma mater overseas, such as Harvard University. Wikipedia Updated: Thu, Oct 07 2010. 08 34 PM IST So Anand Mahindra has given $10 million (around Rs44.3 crore) to Harvard. I know, I know. I saw the emails…

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Indian Philanthropy

Thanks, Vidya, for pointing out that this wasn’t there in my website. The big idea: Indian philanthropy Shoba Narayan Comment E-mail Print First Published: Sat, Aug 04 2007. 11 05 AM IST Vanaja Ramprasad wants to usher in a green revolution Updated: Tue, Aug 14 2007. 04 30 PM IST Philanthropy is a funny thing.…

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Power Partnerships

This weeks Mint Lounge is a quirky take on Power Couples.  It includes parent-child partnerships along with the usual spouses one.  When my editors told me to write on “Power Couples,” I wrote a sneering, snarky one that was (again) at attempt at humor.  Thankfully, this meeting happened and I attended.  So I asked if…

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Are Foundations neccessary?

  Mastering the art of giving The hundi model – or writing significant cheques in an ad hoc and anonymous fashion – is the worst way to donate your money Shoba Narayan Posted: Thu, Sep 6 2012. 8:47 PM IST   I blame it on the hundi; and the Bible.   “But when thou doest alms,”…

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